Friday, November 10, 2006

Loose Feathers #74

Northern Goshawk / USFWS

News and links about birds, birding, and the environment.
  • The United Kingdom has a tradition of egg collectors, to a degree that does not seem to be present in the United States. The latest incident is the arrest of a man who kept between 5,000 and 10,000 wild bird eggs in his home.
  • Cambodia is working to preserve habitat for the endangered Bengal Florican, a type of bustard (pictured right).
  • Budget cuts have stretched National Wildlife Refuges to the point that staff in many places are being cut or not replaced. Two refuges in New Jersey have closed their offices as a result. Eastern Neck in Maryland may face a similar fate.
  • Here's a piece in admiration of white-throated sparrows. (I have to disagree that sparrows are least lovely; that title rightfully belongs to starlings.)
  • John at Birds Etcetera has some thoughts on bird blogs (also here).
  • Robert Winkler describes the relationship between driving safely and the difference in flicker fusion frequency between birds and humans. (via Pharyngula)
  • A ballot proposition to allow dove hunting in Michigan failed this Tuesday.
  • Hawaii is having trouble with feral dogs preying on shearwater chicks.
  • Christmas Bird Count season is coming up in a little more than a month. Here is a list of counts in New Jersey. I will post more dates and such as they become available to me.
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